Packers: Kenny Clark placed on injured reserve, per report

Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers have placed defensive tackle Kenny Clark on injured reserve.

The Packers entered the season with an exciting trio along the defensive line: Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and Muhammad Wilkerson.

Now all three are on injured reserve.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Clark’s season is over after the Packers placed him on IR on Tuesday.

With Green Bay out of playoff contention and entering the final two games of the season with nothing to play for, this comes as no surprise. Pelissero also reported earlier on Tuesday that running back Aaron Jones had also been placed on injured reserve.

Without a number of starters available due to injury, the Packers will get an opportunity to play a number of young players in the final two games against the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions.

For the players on the roster bubble, it’s all about putting together strong performances. Even if they aren’t on this team next season, these next two games are an audition for all 32 teams in the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers played through a groin injury in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. GM Brian Gutekunst should add Rodgers to the long injured reserve list and turn the attention fully on to 2019.

There’s little to gain by Rodgers playing, and it’s not worth the risk of him going down with a long-term injury that could impact the 2019 season. Instead, this is an ideal time to give DeShone Kizer a couple of starts.

There’s no sign of that happening right now, but time will tell.

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Before getting injured, Kenny Clark was having another great season for the Packers. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate on Tuesday, and at just 23-years-old has a big future for this team.

Clark will be one of the most important players on defense once again next season.